UCSF-UCB Sackler Faculty Exchange Program

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Physical and Engineering Sciences strives to reward innovative research approaches that take advantage of and promote the convergence of the biomedical, physical and engineering fields encouraging scientists to move into new fields and cross into other areas of convergence in order to realize the full potential for achieving transformative scientific breakthroughs.

To advance this fertile research area, the Center facilitates innovation and faculty collaboration between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco through a prestigious exchange program. The program currently provides support for one scientist, ideally from each of the two institutions, to take a sabbatical** at the other institution each year.  In this way the program ensures that faculty research agendas are enriched by a widened circle of immediate colleagues and collaborators promoting the integration of research communities across different disciplines. In 2018/19 up to $22,500 is available to each awardee. 

**The program does not require faculty to be on actual sabbatical leave, but time must be spent at the partner institution conducting the interdisciplinary research.

The application deadline for the 2018/19 academic year is Sunday, April 22, 2018

Submission Instructions

A research proposal, budget, resume and any other relevant materials is required in a single document.

  • Your title page should include collaborator names and affiliations as well as your abstract which clearly outlines the overarching goals of the research proposal (approximately 250 words).  Your abstract should be accessible to a lay audience.
  • The research project description should not exceed 4 pages, excluding references, CVs (2 pages max each, NSF style), budget, and budget justification.
  • Budget items may include consumables, student fellowships, data analysis costs, and travel related specifically to the research program; workshop support is also possible.
  • Overhead is not allowed to be deducted from the funds.
  • Applications must not be submitted through SPO since the program is funded internally.
  • Endorsement by the Dean or Department Head or equivalent should be included in the submission.

Deadline: The application deadline for the 2018/19 academic year is Sunday, April 22, 2018

Please submit your application directly to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research via this webform.

Frequently Asked Questions

What research expenses are allowable in the Sackler Faculty Exchange Program?

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Sabbatical Program for Biomedical, Physical and Engineering Sciences will support research expenses, including but not limited to costs related to performing experiments, analyzing research data, supporting colloquia at the host institution, and funding research travel. Faculty may also request funds for support of postdocs, graduate or undergraduate research assistants to help carry out the proposed research. Principal investigator salary, including summer salary is not an allowable expense.

In 2018/19 up to $22,500 is available to each awardee. The application deadline for the 2018/19 academic year is Sunday, April 22, 2018

Overhead is not allowed to be deducted from the funds.

 

How will the funds be managed?

Funds will be administered at UC Berkeley by either the awardee's research administrator or by the UC Berkeley host's administrator. All appointments e.g., visiting researcher or a multi-location appointment, will also be administered at the department level.  Funds will be available in July 2018.

 

What are the benefits for faculty participating in the UCSF-UCB Sackler Faculty Exchange Program?

The selected faculty participant(s) will continue to receive salary from their home institution according to that institution’s sabbatical guidelines.  The program does not require faculty to be on actual sabbatical leave, but time must be spent at the partner institution conducting the interdisciplinary research. The host institution will provide Visiting Faculty or Researcher status for the faculty accepted from the sending institution. The host institution will provide appropriate working space and access to library, computational, network, and related facilities.

 

How are the participants in the UCSF-UCB Sackler Exchange Program selected?

A committee comprised of senior faculty members and campus leaders from UC Berkeley and UCSF will review applications.

The selection of faculty participant(s) will be made on the basis of merit and expected impact on interdisciplinary research in biomedical, physical and engineering science at both institutions. In making its selection the committee has the goal of alternating which institution is hosting the other’s researcher(s) each year.

 

Who is eligible to apply?

All ladder-rank faculty at UC Berkeley and UCSF are eligible to apply. Ladder-rank faculty are either tenured or eligible for tenure (e.g., Assistant Professors).  The Adjunct title does not confer tenure.

The program does not require faculty to be on actual sabbatical leave, but time must be spent at the partner institution conducting the interdisciplinary research.

 

Should the host be a ladder-ranked faculty?

The recipient of the award should be a ladder-ranked faculty member (Ladder-rank faculty are either tenured or eligible for tenure e.g., Assistant Professors).  The host is not required to be a ladder-ranked faculty member.

 

Can the proposal be based upon on-going research, or must this be a new project?

The project can be based upon on-going research. It does not need to be a new project. Please be sure that the proposal falls within the scope and intention of the solicitation.

 

How do I apply?

To apply, please fill out the online UCSF-UCB Sackler Faculty Exchange Program Application available here.

 

When is the application deadline for the 2018/19 academic year?

The application deadline for the 2018/19 academic year is Sunday, April 22, 2018

   

Who do I contact with questions?

Please contact Verna Bowie at vernabowie@berkeley.edu with any questions you may have.